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Homer propels OCC

April 22, 2005

Stephen Schneider gave the Orange Coast College baseball team a

second consecutive game-winning solo home run to edge visiting Irvine

Valley, 12-11, Thursday in Orange Empire Conference play.

Luke Beck stole third in the ninth inning and came home on the

errant throw to third, tying it at 11, and setting the stage for

Schneider. With a 3-and-0 count, he sent reliever Grant Harrell's

pitch over the right-field fence for the victory. Beck also provided

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the game-winning homer against Saddleback Tuesday.

Beck finished 4 for 5 at the plate for the Pirates (19-13-1,

10-5-1 in the OEC) Thursday, a career-best outing with three doubles,

three runs scored and two RBIs. Matt Meadows was 2 for 4 with a

two-run home run and four RBIs in his first start in nearly two

months after sitting out with a fractured leg.

Area players moving on

* TENNIS: Corona del Mar High senior Wesley Miller, as well as CdM

senior partners Matt Chou and Spencer Reitz, won first- and

second-round matches, respectively, in the CIF boys singles and

doubles divisions Thursday, four of several victories for

Newport-Mesa players in various divisions who advanced in the 105th

annual Ojai Valley tennis tournament.

Miller defeated Jenson Turner of Campbell Hall, 6-2, 6-2, in the

first round, before handling Michael Eraso of Sunny Hills, 6-1, 6-4,

in the second round.

Miller competes in the Round of 16 today at 8 a.m. at Thatcher

School. If victorious, he would play in the quarterfinals, scheduled

for 12:30 p.m.

Chou and Reitz knocked off Rashid Rahman and Daniel Sagaf from

Taft High, 6-1, 6-1, before defeating Alok Chandick and Alan Estareja

from Redlands, 6-4, 6-1.

They advance to today's Round of 16, also at Thatcher School.

In girls 18s singles, Newport Harbor High junior Megan McKay won

twice, the latter a victory against Evelyn Wallace of Costa Mesa,

6-2, 6-4, to reach today's Round of 16 against Olivia Colman of Los

Angeles at 11 a.m. today at Thatcher School.

Newport Harbor sophomore Jake Fleming downed Costa Mesa resident

Charlie Alvarado, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the Round of 16 in boys 16s

singles, where he faces Nicolas Patonai at 9:30 a.m. today at

Nordhoff High.

Corona del Mar freshman Alexandra Walters downed Sutton Anderson

of Breckenridge, Colo., 6-0, 6-1, to advance to today's Round of 16

in girls 16s singles. Walters faces Brooklyn resident Gail Brandsky

at 8 a.m. at Villanova School.

Newport Beach's Parker Rhodes defeated Costa Mesa's Charlie Corum,

6-0, 6-0, in the Round of 32 in boys 14s singles and faces Clay

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